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Fire out at downtown Puyallup’s Forum pub

Firefighters respond to Friday morning’s fire at the Forum Pub in downtown Puyallup.
Firefighters respond to Friday morning’s fire at the Forum Pub in downtown Puyallup. KIRO-TV

An early-morning fire Friday at The Forum pub closed downtown streets in Puyallup.

Traffic was blocked on Meridian Street at Main, as well as along several side streets, police said. Streets in the vicinity remained closed for several hours

Central Pierce Fire & Rescue extinguished the blaze at 208 S. Meridian.

Forum co-owner Tim Mellema said the fire started about 4:30 a.m. He said the blaze did not appear to be near the kitchen, but had no more details.

The pub was empty when the fire started, said Karl Ashmore, who served as the general manager of The Forum before moving to the restaurant’s sister business, Flanagan’s Craft Pub.

Nearby businesses, including a hair salon, were working on clearing their businesses of smoke, he said.

Ashmore said his concern was for employees of The Forum.

“Most importantly is the staff,” he said. “The staff that don’t have jobs will be working down here (at Flanagan’s) so they have some kind of income.”

KIRO-TV reported the fire was discovered when firefighters responded to a report of a carbon monoxide detector that went off in the same block as the pub.

They smelled smoke nearby and saw smoke coming from the pub.

KIRO also said nearby apartments were evacuated as a precaution, but there were no injuries.

Mellema, who co-owns The Forum in downtown Tacoma, said he hopes the Puyallup pub might reopen in 60 days, but said a damage assessment was still being done.

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